We know the top two — there's no one in the NBA questioning it.
The Russell Westbrook-James Harden triple-double showdown has given us reasons to watch teams other than the Cavs and Warriors this year, and for that, we should be thankful.
But will it really be this one-two (triple-double) punch for the rest of the year? Can anyone else get in on the action?
We're roughly halfway through the season and while several players loom, no one has made the leap... yet.
Here's where the MVP race stands after 11 weeks of play:
Chris Paul - Clippers
The Clips have not maintained their incendiary pace to start the season, but they're still in position to have home court in the first round of the playoffs at 29-14.
It's been a roller coaster ride — the Clippers bounced back from a six-game losing streak with a six-game winning streak, with Paul averaging his requisite 17 points and upping his assist total to 12 in the month of January.
If his injury, sustained Monday, doesn't keep him out of the lineup too long, it'll be fascinating to see how Blake Griffin is reassimilated into the lineup with Paul — much like last year, the Clippers might be best-served to let CP3 run the show without interruption.
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Jimmy Butler - Bulls
The Bulls are not a good team, despite their status at the No. 8 team in the Eastern Conference, but Butler is having a legitimate MVP-caliber season.
He's third in the NBA in clutch-situation scoring (within five with less than five to play), averaging 4.4 points per game in those situations and is averaging 26/7/6 in his last nine games, with two turnovers, but also two steals a game.
There's no question that Butler is the Bulls' alpha — now if they could get him some help, we might see him slide up the list.
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DeMar DeRozan - Raptors
After landing a massive contract this past offseason, DeRozan hasn't changed a damn thing about his game, and he and the Raptors are reaping the benefits of his quasi-throwback style.
A whopping 93 percent of DeRozan's shots come from within the 3-point arc — a number that only Derrick Rose comes close to touching among guards in the NBA.
DeRozan is shooting fewer 3-pointers per game than Anthony Davis, but he's still getting the job done — he's sixth in the NBA in scoring at 28 points per game and the Raptors are the No. 2 seed in the East.
You could make the argument that Kyle Lowry is the most valuable player on the Raptors, and you would have a good case – but amongst the voters, DeRozan's lethal offensive game is going to get more looks.
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Giannis Antetokounmpo - Bucks
The Greek Freak is a lock to win Most Improved Player, but he's certainly worthy of a high place in this conversation as he's averaging 24 points, nearly nine rebounds, and five-plus assists per game.
And the Bucks? Playing .500 basketball and competing for a playoff spot.
Yeah, he's in the conversation.
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Kawhi Leonard - Spurs
Ho hum, another exceptional year for the Spurs, who lurk just behind the Warriors in the Western Conference.
Leonard is playing incredible defense, as always – but he's also taken his offensive game to another level in 2016-17, setting career highs in points (24.6) and assists (3.1).
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Kevin Durant - Warriors
He's averaging 26 points, 8.6 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.6 blocks per game for the team with the best record in the NBA.
Who cares if he's one of four superstars on the team?
Isaiah Thomas - Celtics
Thomas' fourth quarters this season have been incredible — he's averaging 4.6 points per clutch situation, second in the NBA, and 10.1 points per frame as a whole.
Add in the Celtics' success this season, and you have a rock-solid case for MVP.
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LeBron James - Cavaliers
There's no question that LeBron James is the best player in the NBA, but the question does remain if he's the MVP.
To put it bluntly, every year James is in the league and playing his game, he should be considered the MVP, but we all know that's not how this works. There's a certain aspect of Most Improved Player that comes into play with the voting for this award.
James was averaging 25.8/7.8/8.3 going into Monday night's game with the Warriors — highly similar numbers to Nos. 1 and 2 on this list, on a better team no less.
Still, there's a noticeable gap between him and the two top contenders.
Will he try to make it up? What more do you want from a legend?
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Russell Westbrook - Thunder
He has 20 -- you read that number right, 20 -- triple-doubles this season.
He is anything and everything for the Thunder this year, who are in position to make the playoffs because of Westbrook's incendiary play.
It almost feels as if Westbrook is letting it all out this season — he's playing with reckless abandon — but it's exactly what his team needs and no one has come close to stopping it yet.
Westbrook isn't far behind No. 1, and frankly, it's hard to put him at No. 2, but that's where he is... for now.
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James Harden - Rockets
He's averaging 28 points, 8 rebounds, and nearly 12 assists per game.
His team is in third place in the Western Conference.
He's been beyond outstanding this year, and so long as he keeps producing at this rate and his team keeps winning as a result, he's going to be the favorite to win the MVP award.